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Tom Mulcair

  • Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada / Chef, Nouveau Parti démocratique du Canada

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Petitioning Stephen Harper

Don't let Canada Post end door to door delivery / Sauvons la livraison à domicile

(Le français suit) AUGUST 20, 2015 - UPDATE: Since the election has been called for October 19, the 5 federal party leaders have been added as recipients of this petition because this is now an election issue. I wonder, has anyone at Canada Post ever tried to to push a stroller or a wheelchair or a walker through the snow? I don't think they realize the impact of ending door-to-door mail delivery when it comes to the parents of young children, to the disabled, and to the elderly, especially in winter.  What about the sweltering summers? Or miserable thunderstorms and heavy rain? The garbage that is going to happen around them and who is going to clean it up? Millions of Canadians were surprised and angry to learn they may have to travel kilometers to get their mail. I am the mother of two young boys. My youngest has cerebral palsy and uses a walker or wheelchair to get around. For me, Canada Post’s decision would mean having to bundle them up and struggle through the snow with a wheelchair just to get our mail.  And I am just one of thousands of Canadians who must already overcome mobility challenges on a daily basis. On top of that, 8000 employees are going to lose their jobs because of this decision! And, we’re hearing that these new “superboxes” might not be very safe. My grandfather, god rest his soul, was a WW2 veteran and became a mailman. They take their work very seriously otherwise they would not brave the weather. My current mail carrier is also proud of the service she provides for the community. Why change something that is working well for communities across Canada? This has to be stopped. A lot of people need home delivery because of their circumstances. Please sign the petition and share this with as many people as you can. The more people we get, the more solid the chances will be that Canada post and the government hear our voices!!  --- Je me demande, est-ce que quelqu'un à Postes Canada a déjà essayé de pousser une marchette, ou faire avancer une chaise roulante, ou marcher avec une canne, dans la neige? Je ne pense pas qu'ils ont conscience de l'impact de la fin du service postal à domicile sur les parents de jeunes enfants, sur les personnes aux prises avec des handicaps et sur les personnes âgées, particulièrement en hiver. Des millions de Canadiens ont été surpris et fâchés d'apprendre qu'ils devraient se déplacer parfois sur des kilomètres pour aller chercher leur courrier. Je suis la mère de deux jeunes garçons. Mon plus jeune souffre de paralysie cérébrale et doit utiliser une marchette ou une chaise roulante pour se déplacer. Dans mon cas, la décision de Postes Canada me force à habiller mes deux enfants et à me démener à pousser une chaise roulante dans la neige seulement pour pouvoir aller chercher mon courrier. Et je ne suis que l'une parmi des milliers de Canadiens qui doivent surmonter des défis de mobilité à tous les jours. De plus, 8000 employés vont perdre leur emploi en raison de cette décision! En plus, on entend parler du fait que ces "superboîtes" ne sont pas très sécuritaires. Mon grand-père, Dieu ait son âme, était un vétéran de la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale et est devenu facteur par la suite. Ces gens prennent leur travail très au sérieux, sinon ils ne braveraient pas les conditions météorologiques. Ma facteure est très fière des services qu'elle fournit à sa communauté. Pourquoi changer quelque chose qui fonctionne si bien pour les communautés locales partout au pays? Il faut arrêter cela. Nombreux sont ceux et celles qui ont besoin du service à domicile en raison de leur réalité particulière. S'il vous plaît, signez la pétition et partagez-la avec le plus de gens que vous le pouvez. Plus nous en parlerons, plus nos chances seront bonnes que Postes Canada et le gouvernement nous entendront!!

Susan Dixon
231,326 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Stephen Harper

Don't let Canada Post end door to door delivery / Sauvons la livraison à domicile

(Le français suit) AUGUST 20, 2015 - UPDATE: Since the election has been called for October 19, the 5 federal party leaders have been added as recipients of this petition because this is now an election issue. I wonder, has anyone at Canada Post ever tried to to push a stroller or a wheelchair or a walker through the snow? I don't think they realize the impact of ending door-to-door mail delivery when it comes to the parents of young children, to the disabled, and to the elderly, especially in winter.  What about the sweltering summers? Or miserable thunderstorms and heavy rain? The garbage that is going to happen around them and who is going to clean it up? Millions of Canadians were surprised and angry to learn they may have to travel kilometers to get their mail. I am the mother of two young boys. My youngest has cerebral palsy and uses a walker or wheelchair to get around. For me, Canada Post’s decision would mean having to bundle them up and struggle through the snow with a wheelchair just to get our mail.  And I am just one of thousands of Canadians who must already overcome mobility challenges on a daily basis. On top of that, 8000 employees are going to lose their jobs because of this decision! And, we’re hearing that these new “superboxes” might not be very safe. My grandfather, god rest his soul, was a WW2 veteran and became a mailman. They take their work very seriously otherwise they would not brave the weather. My current mail carrier is also proud of the service she provides for the community. Why change something that is working well for communities across Canada? This has to be stopped. A lot of people need home delivery because of their circumstances. Please sign the petition and share this with as many people as you can. The more people we get, the more solid the chances will be that Canada post and the government hear our voices!!  --- Je me demande, est-ce que quelqu'un à Postes Canada a déjà essayé de pousser une marchette, ou faire avancer une chaise roulante, ou marcher avec une canne, dans la neige? Je ne pense pas qu'ils ont conscience de l'impact de la fin du service postal à domicile sur les parents de jeunes enfants, sur les personnes aux prises avec des handicaps et sur les personnes âgées, particulièrement en hiver. Des millions de Canadiens ont été surpris et fâchés d'apprendre qu'ils devraient se déplacer parfois sur des kilomètres pour aller chercher leur courrier. Je suis la mère de deux jeunes garçons. Mon plus jeune souffre de paralysie cérébrale et doit utiliser une marchette ou une chaise roulante pour se déplacer. Dans mon cas, la décision de Postes Canada me force à habiller mes deux enfants et à me démener à pousser une chaise roulante dans la neige seulement pour pouvoir aller chercher mon courrier. Et je ne suis que l'une parmi des milliers de Canadiens qui doivent surmonter des défis de mobilité à tous les jours. De plus, 8000 employés vont perdre leur emploi en raison de cette décision! En plus, on entend parler du fait que ces "superboîtes" ne sont pas très sécuritaires. Mon grand-père, Dieu ait son âme, était un vétéran de la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale et est devenu facteur par la suite. Ces gens prennent leur travail très au sérieux, sinon ils ne braveraient pas les conditions météorologiques. Ma facteure est très fière des services qu'elle fournit à sa communauté. Pourquoi changer quelque chose qui fonctionne si bien pour les communautés locales partout au pays? Il faut arrêter cela. Nombreux sont ceux et celles qui ont besoin du service à domicile en raison de leur réalité particulière. S'il vous plaît, signez la pétition et partagez-la avec le plus de gens que vous le pouvez. Plus nous en parlerons, plus nos chances seront bonnes que Postes Canada et le gouvernement nous entendront!!

Susan Dixon
231,326 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau

Stop #UnfairTaxChanges: Access to Canada's Health Care Threatened

On July 18, 2017, the Government of Canada, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced its intentions to alter the current tax laws for small businesses. The impact of these proposed changes will be immense and disastrous. As hard-working members of society, small businesses provide the economic backbone of Canada. Small business owners receive none of the paid benefits that salaried employees do. The risks and costs of running a small business are high. Tax assistance is vital to ensure the survival of small businesses. Our Canadian doctors are independent of the government and run their clinics like small businesses without any support from the government. Without pensions or any benefits, such as sick leave, maternity leave, health benefits or paid vacation, physicians must independently cover all of the costs of running their offices. Costs include staffing, rent, utilities, all medical equipment/diagnostics, and all medical supplies on top of mandatory licensing and registration fees. This overhead can be between 30-60%. There are 88,000 physicians in Canada and the majority are self-employed.  Each office employs on average 4-6 staff. This allows our physicians to run accessible and efficient offices to help patients obtain medically necessary care. Elimination of tax arrangements which were legally negotiated to help physicians control the expense of running offices will impact patients directly. If these proposed taxation changes are passed, Canada’s doctors will be forced to downsize offices and lay off employees. Many provinces have had millions to billions in unilateral cuts to frontline patient care over the past few years. In Ontario alone, our doctors are now into their fourth year without a contract and there has been over $3.7 Billion unilaterally cut since 2015 by the provincial government from the patient services that our doctors provide. There are millions of patients in Canada without a family doctor and unprecedented wait times for specialists. Medical clinics are already struggling to stay afloat. With these federal tax changes, our physicians will be forced to further reduce clinic hours and cut patient services, ultimately leading to longer and longer wait times. Some physicians will close their offices and retire early or leave Canada. Patient accessibility of medical care in Canada already ranks third last amongst all of the wealthy countries (Commonwealth Fund). These tax changes will be further detrimental to Canada's already ailing health care system. Patients and their physicians deserve and need access to timely and quality medical care in Canada. We all deserve fair taxes to help promote small businesses and ensure their survival.   We the Undersigned, concerned patients and doctors of Canada, urge Prime Minister Trudeau to preserve fair small business tax laws and not further erode access to our precious health care system.  Patients can never come first when frontlines doctors are put last. #ProtectSmallBiz #StopMDExodus #CareNotCuts Please share this petition on Facebook and Twitter. For more information and to stay updated, please like and follow Concerned Ontario Doctors at We are Your Ontario Doctors on Facebook and @OnCall4ON on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you.  

Concerned Patients of Canada .
55,563 supporters
Petitioning Ralph Goodale, Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair

Amend Bill C-23 to protect Canadians from US Border guards

U.S. border guards would get new powers to question, search and even detain Canadian citizens on Canadian soil under a bill proposed by the Liberal government. A Canadian going to the U.S. through a pre-clearance area [on Canadian soil] can say: 'I don't like the way [an interview is] going and I've chosen not to visit your country.' And they can just turn around and walk out. "Under the new proposed bill, they wouldn't be able to walk out. They can be held and forced to answer questions, first to identify themselves, which is not so offensive, but secondly, to explain the reasons for leaving, and to explain their reasons for wanting to withdraw," --Michael Greene, Q.C. We need to have the right to say, 'I withdraw my intention to enter,' exit the U.S. Border office and leave unencumbered. All Canadians who travel to the U.S.A. are affected by this. It means that if you answered a question in a manner they did not like, the border guards can detain you for as long as they want and you cannot leave. We need to have Bill C-23 amended before it is passed. Your Member of Parliament needs to know you want to maintain the right to walk away from the U.S.A. if you so please. Contact that person. But first sign this petition. Here is more information, http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/pre-clearance-border-canada-us-1.3976123

Daryl Auwai
42,968 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Stephen Harper, Leader, Liberal Party of Canada/Chef, Parti libéral du Canada Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair, Elizabeth May, Gilles Duceppe

Federal Party Leaders: Join an Election Debate that Speaks to Women

I make less money than the person who sits next to me for doing the same work, just because I’m a woman. Why does this happen? I can’t find affordable daycare for my family, so someone has to stay at home to look after the kids.  What if we both want to go back to work? It feels like I am seeing story after story on the news about Indigenous women disappearing and being murdered. What can be done to end the violence? What if we could work together to make sure these questions - and more - are put directly to our political leaders?  These issues impact families and communities. They matter to Canadians from across the country. And they are issues that politicians are not talking about! Imagine if before choosing our next government this October, we could make sure that every party leader spoke about issues affecting women and girls. We can make that happen! Together, we’re calling for an all party nationally broadcast leaders debate on issues that affect women and girls. Up For Debate is an alliance of women’s organizations, community groups and international organizations from across Canada. Over 130 groups have joined Up for Debate because we have one thing in common: we believe in equality between men and women, and we want every Canadian to know where our political leaders stand on gender equality. No matter who you vote for or what party you support, gender inequality impacts us all. It’s in every Canadian’s interest to know where the federal leaders stand on all kind of issues from discrimination to violence, leadership, employment, sexual harassment or child care. That’s why we’ve launched a petition calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Bloc Quebecois leader Mario Beaulieu to participate in a nationally broadcast leader’s debate on issues affecting women and girls. Please sign, and spread the word so that all parties will speak to Canadians about women’s rights. Here’s who we are: www.upfordebate.ca/who-we-are And here’s our vision: www.upfordebate.ca/our-vision Help us make it happen! Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. You can check out the last time federal leaders debated women’s issues here: 1984 Debate. Version française

UP FOR DEBATE
30,468 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair, Rona Ambrose, Elizabeth May, Rhéal Fortin, Bill Morneau

Stop Bank Gouging and Abuse

Feeling gouged by your bank?  You have a right to – while businesses in most sectors across Canada were suffering, Canada’s big 6 banks gouged out record annual profits of almost $35 billion in 2015 (which works out to almost $4 million in profit every hour, 5% higher than in 2014, and double their profits in 2010). The big banks also paid their CEOs about $10 million each in 2015, and gave them bonuses that totalled more than $10 million (51% higher than in 2008). In 2016, Canada’s big 6 banks continued to gouge you to hike their profits to more than $37 billion (6% higher than in 2015) – in part by firing thousands of people, cutting services, and hiking fees and credit card interest rates.  And their profits in 2017 are headed even higher -- they have already made $20.6 billion in just 6 months. Canada’s big banks make the highest percentage profits of any comparable banks in the industrialized world while doing far too little to support job-creating businesses and community development across Canada.  A recent CBC-TV news investigation detailed how TD Bank is pushing its employees to sell you products you don't need, and that you can't afford. In a recent report, the federal government points to all these problems -- including the fact that Canada's big banks control more than 90% of the banking market in the country, which makes them even more powerful and unaccountable to customers. But still the federal government continues to fail to require the banks serve everyone well at fair prices, and to require responsible lending and investing.  The federal government even gave the banks a record $114 billion bailout in 2008-2009 (most of it by having CMHC purchase mortgages from the banks), and the federal government will likely bail out the banks again if they have any financial difficulties. The federal government is reviewing the banking law right now – please sign this petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau and other federal party leaders to make key changes to require Canada’s big banks serve everyone fairly and well at fair prices, and to lend and invest in sustainable, responsible job-creating businesses and support community development. Your time to be heard and counted is now! See details about gouging and abuse by Canada's big banks in the following recent news stories: CBC.ca (March 16, 2017) Consumer advocates have low expectations for probe into Canada's 5 big banks Democracy Watch (March 16, 2017) - Will Liberals make key changes to stop gouging and abuse of 30 million bank consumers or continue protecting overpaid big bank executives? CBC (March 6, 2017) - Bank employees say their jobs depend on upselling customers products that can put them into debt Financial Post (March 2, 2017) - Big 6 bank profits top $10.5 billion for first quarter of 2017 CBC (March 1. 2017) - A pretty greedy time as profits soar for Canadian banks CBC (June 13, 2016) - Canada's major banks hiking fees while pulling in big profits And see details about the federal Finance Department's public consultation on Canada's financial sector in its Report for Public Consultation on Canada's Financial Sector

Democracy Watch
25,431 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Stephen Harper

Open Canada to Syrian refugees!

I am an emergency nurse who has served in many humanitarian medical aid missions in the Middle East. I have lately spent 3 months providing care in Syria during the crisis. I have witnessed the unspeakable atrocities of the war in Syria firsthand. I’ve seen the terrible suffering and displacement that is happening everyday and I know that Canada is not doing enough to help civilians find safety here within our borders. That’s why I started this petition. I want to know what the party leaders running in the upcoming election intend to do to help Syrian refugees. I am asking them to commit to accepting and admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into Canada by December 31, 2015. The Syrian war has been ongoing for more than 4 years now. More than 240,000 Syrians, mostly civilians, have lost their lives. The war and the political oppression have resulted in the displacement of more than 11 million, internally and externally. The modern world has not witnessed such an immense influx of refugees since the second world war. This is an international humanitarian crisis in every sense of the word. Canada, the country of human rights and freedoms, has admitted less than 1500 Syrian refugees since the crisis began in 2011. Given the millions out there, this is simply NOT enough. The current government has pledged to bring in more refugees but little has actually been done. We are talking about hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, including women and children, who are in desperate need of food, shelter, and above all, in desperate need of a peaceful place to live. Historically speaking, Canada has always taken a solid and proactive stance on humanitarian action and has stepped in to take in refugees of war and political oppression. So I keep wondering, what is stopping Canada now? Countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Germany and Sweden (to mention few) have all stepped in and taken in a large number of refugees. So why is Canada in stand-by mode? The situation is very dire and cannot wait any longer! This is a massive humanitarian crisis that requires Canada to act, and act immediately and at a large scale. Millions of displaced civilians are in need of a peaceful place to live, and in need of it now, not next year or the year after. Unless we act, history will remember us as the nation who witnessed the atrocities of war, but chose to stand by and watch as the Syrian refugees desperately tried to flee to lands of peace. This is not who we are as Canadian. We are the country of humanitarian zeal and we value human life above all. So let us be true to our values: open our country to the Syrian refugees. We promise we will open our hearts and homes to them. Please sign and share my petition to add your voice to this call to action.

Nada Sidani
18,316 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States, United States Supreme Court, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Ban Fur Trapping In North America

Every year, millions of animals are trapped and then shot for their fur. Some chew off their limbs in panic as they try to escape. Others have to live through the pain until they are shot in the head. However, some animals get overheated, freeze, or even starve to death due to intense weather conditions and the, at times, unbearable wait that they must go through before they're killed by a trapper. This hurts the animals psychologically and physically. It especially hurts the babies of these animals who are depending on their parent to come home from hunting. Most of these animals who are trapped will never make it back home, leaving their babies vulnerable and starving. Killing the animal also leaves one less animal for potential predators to eat, which harms the local ecosystem.  Sometimes, animals get trapped that are not meant to be trapped in the first place, such as cats and dogs. This causes them unnecessary harm to innocent animals.  After being killed, the animals are disposed of as if they were garbage. Some still get their fur removed, even if they are conscious and alive. For some animals, you can hear their screams as they are skinned alive, such as minks and rabbits. A lot of animals are raised on fur farms, but trapping is an important part of the fur industry. If fur trapping is banned, we could potentially be one step closer to ending the fur industry altogether. Please, urge your state or province to ban trapping!  Other countries are beginning to ban fur trapping and fur farms. It is about time that North America follows their step! Let's make this world a friendlier place for animals of all kinds!  For additional information, please go to the following sources: - http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/fur/fur-trapping/ - https://youtu.be/je-7ZvScO80 - https://youtu.be/01a8vZV9gzo - https://youtu.be/EfSk_0QUOGc  You can also find this petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/323/833/965/

Shannon Spran
17,386 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Rona Ambrose, Elizabeth May, Rhéal Fortin, Tom Mulcair

Stop Bombardier and Reckless Big Business Handouts

Governments across Canada give tens of billions of dollars of your money in tax breaks, subsidies, grants and loans to profitable big businesses -- and they usually ask for nothing in return! The federal and Quebec Liberal governments handed Bombardier more than $1 billion -- with no conditions.  So Bombardier's top executives decided to give themselves a $43.5 million pay raise -- while firing 14,000 Bombardier workers. The federal Conservatives did a secret bailout deal with US Steel/Stelco.  The company shut down and tried to stop paying the pensions of former steelworkers.  The federal Conservatives also bailed out Canada's big banks with a record $114 billion bailout in 2008-2009 (most of it by having CMHC purchase mortgages from the banks) -- with no conditions.  Since then, the banks have hiked fees, fired thousands of employees, and outsourced thousands of jobs to people in other countries. The federal governmment hands billions to oil and gas companies and doesn't require them to reduce pollution or act responsibly, and has handed billions to Pratt & Whitney in the past in return for creating jobs that were never created (but the company kept the money). You can help stop these reckless handouts by signing and sharing this petition which calls on the federal government to change the terms of its loan to Bombardier to add the 7 conditions listed below, and to change the law so that in the future the government is only allowed to give support to big businesses in return for legally enforceable responsibility and accountability guarantees from those businesses to: create jobs in Canada and reduce outsourcing to other countries; pay fair wages to all employees and contractors; pay executives no more than a fair, justifiable salary; reduce pollution, abuse of employees and customers and all other wrongdoing; protect whistleblowers in their business who report wrongdoing; empower and include customers, workers, stakeholders and shareholders in their board decision-making processes, and; increase transparency so all their irresponsible and illegal actions are disclosed to the public in an online, searchable database. Given the Bombardier executive pay hike scandal, the pressure is on the federal government and party leaders to make these changes.  Your time to be heard is now -- please sign and share this petition with everyone you think may want to sign it. See details about reckless handouts by governments to irresponsible big businesses in the following recent news stories: Globe and Mail (April 3, 2017) -- Opposition parties say Bombardier’s pay delay is not enough Democracy Watch (March 16, 2017) -- Will Liberals make key changes to stop gouging and abuse of 30 million bank consumers or continue protecting overpaid big bank executives? Financial Post (Feb. 16, 2017) -- Bombardier Inc's government loan won't be fully repaid for 15 years CBC.ca (Dec. 13, 2016) -- Steelworkers to Trudeau: Where are the feds on the Stelco deal?

Democracy Watch
16,889 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair, Elizabeth May, Rhéal Fortin, Andrew Scheer

Stop Political Lapdog Appointments

In contrast to Britain's Prime Minister, the Prime Minister of Canada has the power to appoint whomever he wants to head up watchdog agencies that enforce key laws to protect our democracy and human rights, and to protect the environment, consumers and your family from being abused. More than 2,000 people are hand-picked by Canada's Prime Minister to head up these key watchdog agencies, with very few restrictions on whom he chooses.  The Prime Minister even gets to choose the watchdogs who enforce the laws that require himself, and his Cabinet ministers and top government officials, to be honest, ethical, open and waste-preventing! As a result, Canada's Prime Minister can easily pick lapdogs to be the Ethics Commissioner, Auditor General, Chief Electoral Officer, Lobbying Commissioner, RCMP Commissioner, Information Commissioner, Parliamentary Budget Officer, and Integrity Commissioner.  And the Prime Minister can pick lapdogs for the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, National Energy Board, Immigration and Refugee Board, Competition Bureau, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, Transportation Safety Board, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and for many more key watchdog agencies.  Those lapdogs can then protect the Prime Minister, his Cabinet ministers and government officials instead of strongly enforcing laws and holding them accountable for wrongdoing. This has to stop – unchecked political lapdog appointments that put unqualified people into powerful, important government jobs hurt our democracy, our environment and our families, and waste our money. And it can be stopped – the Ontario government has an independent committee to find qualified people to be appointed as judges for Ontario's courts.  And Britain has an independent committee to find qualified people to be appointed as the heads of judges and all law enforcement and watchdog agencies, boards, commissions and tribunals. You can help stop political lapdog appointments by signing and sharing this petition which calls on the federal government to set up a fully independent appointments committee, like Ontario and Britain have, to ensure that qualified, non-partisan people are chosen to be strong watchdogs for all these key law enforcement agencies. Prime Minister Trudeau will choose several key government watchdogs in the next few months, and the Liberals are using exactly the same process to choose lapdogs as former Prime Minister Harper's Conservatives used. The pressure is increasing on Prime Minister Trudeau to set up an independent appointments committee to stop him from appointing political lapdogs.  Your time to be heard is now -- please sign and share this petition with everyone you think may want to sign it. You can also help stop political lapdog appointments by your provincial government by clicking here now to send a letter to your Premier and provincial politician. See details about political lapdog appointments in the following recent news stories Toronto Star (May 23, 2017) -- Government shouldn’t choose watchdogs meant to hold it to account National Post (June 6, 2017) -- Trudeau Cabinet in conflict of interest when appointing ethics and lobbying watchdogs as both are investigating Trudeau Democracy Watch (May 17, 2017) -- Federal Liberals should suspend Ethics Commissioner, Lobbying Commissioner and other judicial and watchdog appointments until they make the appointment process independent and merit-based

Democracy Watch
11,286 supporters
End the Gap in Funding for First Nations Schools

Thank you for signing the petition calling for an end to the gap in funding for First Nations education. The NDP believes it is time for a new era in our relationship with Indigenous peoples, a true nation-to-nation relationship, built on respect and meaningful progress when it comes to bringing about change. An NDP government will create a cabinet-level committee chaired by Prime Minister Tom Mulcair to ensure that all government decisions respect treaty rights, inherent rights, and Canada’s international obligations. We will implement the principles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and we will take action on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations. We will also remove the punitive 2% funding cap on social transfers to Indigenous communities imposed by the previous Liberal and Conservative governments and establish a fair fiscal relationship to close the gap between Indigenous communities and Canadians. This will begin with major investments in First Nations education and critical infrastructure, including housing. We must not fail another generation. Secondary school graduation rates are 53% for First Nations students on-reserve, compared to 85% graduation rates for other Canadians. Inspired by the Shannen’s Dream movement, we commit to closing the education gap to ensure that every Indigenous child gets the educational opportunities afforded to every other child in Canada. To give Indigenous youth the best opportunities in life, the NDP will:  Work with Indigenous communities through a meaningful collaborative process to develop new education policies and laws based on the principle of Indigenous selfgovernment;  Make a new investment in First Nations education of $1.8 billion over the next four years to begin immediately the work of ensuring every Indigenous child gets the educational opportunities afforded to every other child in Canada;  Continue the work with annual increases over the long term based on an escalator so that the increase to First Nations education amounts to $4.8 billion over eight years;  Provide skills training by working with Indigenous partners to renew and improve the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy and ensure its long-term sustainability. For more information on our plan, please see our platform: http://www.ndp.ca/platform Best regards, Tom Mulcair Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada

2 years ago
End Solitary Confinement in Canadian Prisons

Thank you for signing the petition calling for an end to solitary confinement. The NDP is concerned about how the Conservatives have neglected persons suffering with mental illness in our society. The Harper government’s failure to address mental health in a meaningful way has escalated this societal problem. Sadly, we have seen the criminalization of many people struggling with mental health whose circumstances do not improve due to the lack of adequate treatment and care within the prison system. An NDP government will address the problem at its root cause: we will create a $100 million Mental Health Innovation Fund for Children and Youth to improve treatment and care and to reduce wait times. We know that 70% of Canadians with a diagnosed mental illness first experienced the onset of symptoms before the age of 18, so investing heavily in care early in life will help to prevent mental health problems as adults. We will also address poverty issues and the lack of affordable housing, which also contribute to the criminalization of persons experiencing mental illness. With regard to the treatment of people within the criminal justice system, an NDP government will adopt the recommendations of the Correctional Investigator of Canada to ensure that people dealing with mental health issues receive timely and appropriate care and do not experience practices and procedures that will exacerbate their condition. We will also work towards implementing the Correctional Investigator’s recommendations with regard to use of solitary confinement and administrative segregation of prisoners. For more information on our plan, please see our platform: http://www.ndp.ca/platform Best regards, Tom Mulcair Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada

2 years ago
Stopping Climate Change by Standing Up For Canadian Environmental Policies and Regulations.

Thank you for signing the petition calling for decisive action on climate change. After years of inaction from Liberal and Conservative governments on climate change, the NDP is prepared to step up and respond to our moral obligation to act. An NDP government will work with provinces and territories to put a price on carbon and reduce emissions by introducing a pan-Canadian cap-and-trade system with hard emissions limits for Canada’s biggest polluters. We will also advance an integrated continental cap-and-trade system that ensures a level economic playing field for North American businesses. You can count on New Democrats to re-introduce Jack Layton’s Climate Change Accountability Act. This legislation will ensure that Canada meets its long-term target of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions to a level 80% below that of 1990 by the year 2050, and 34% below 1990 for the 2025/30 period. We will also restore Canada’s international environmental credibility. As one of my first duties as Prime Minister, I will attend COP21 with targets and a plan to meet them. New Democrats will also include Opposition Critics and Civil Society Groups on the official delegation to COP21. The NDP will also take further steps to improve Canada’s environmental record by:  Investing in provincial, territorial and municipal home energy programs to retrofit 50,000 homes and 15,000 apartment units to lower energy bills and create thousands of jobs ($200 million over 4 years).  Investing in the Green Municipal Fund through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to support sustainable development pilot projects, including energy efficiency, energy recovery, and transition to cleaner fuel for municipal transit ($150 million over 4 years);  Creating targets for the electrification of federal vehicle fleets and strengthen Canada’s green procurement policy to reduce long-term fuel and maintenance costs, including the installation of 150 electric car charging stations on federal properties across Canada. For more information on our plan, please see our platform: http://www.ndp.ca/platform Best regards, Tom Mulcair Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada

2 years ago
STIFFEN ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWS PRIME MINISTER Mulcair, Trudeau, or Harper

Thank you for signing the petition calling for stronger laws against animal cruelty. The NDP has long been committed to updating Canada’s animal protection laws. We have tabled numerous private members’ bills and petitions calling for stronger protections for animals, including legislation that would help to provide stronger penalties for unacceptable practices such as animal fighting. We have also tabled bills that would update the Criminal Code provisions regarding the treatment of animals. An NDP government will work to strengthen animal welfare legislation. We will also work with the agricultural sector to improve welfare for farm animals by updating the Health of Animal Regulations. For more information on our plan, please visit this link: http://xfer.ndp.ca/2014/food-strategy/FoodStrategy-ENPRINT.pdf Best regards, Tom Mulcair Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada

2 years ago
Implement a national pharmacare program for Canadians

Thank you for signing the petition calling for a national pharmacare program for Canadians. Canada is the only developed country with universal health care that does not have universal prescription drug coverage, even though 90% of Canadians think Medicare should include prescription drugs. The failure of successive Liberal and Conservative governments to introduce a national pharmacare program has resulted in Canadians paying $6 billion per year out-of-pocket for prescriptions. In fact, drug costs have gone up 62% under the Conservatives. The impact on Canadians is profound: one in four Canadian households today includes someone who can’t afford to take the medications prescribed by their doctor. Only Tom Mulcair and the NDP are committed to reversing the damage Stephen Harper has done to public healthcare in Canada. We will take action on the most urgent priorities, including the high cost of prescription drugs. An NDP government will work with the provinces and territories to create a national drug plan that provides universal, comprehensive public drug coverage for all Canadians, regardless of where they live or where they work. To achieve this goal, we will deliver $2.6 billion in new federal funding, reaching $1.5 billion in annual ongoing funding by 2019. This investment has the potential to generate $3 billion in savings for the provinces and territories. For more information on our plan, please see our platform: http://www.ndp.ca/platform Best regards, Tom Mulcair Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada

2 years ago
Don't leave millions of us as second class Canadian citizens

Thank you for signing the petition regarding Bill C-24 and its harmful changes to citizenship. The NDP fought this bill tooth and nail in Parliament. Many experts testified that the bill was likely unconstitutional and violated Canada’s international legal obligations, including the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, and Amnesty International. The Conservatives insisted on ramming this bill through Parliament and the bill is now the subject of a court challenge. New Democrats believe that Canadian citizenship is a right. We oppose Stephen Harper’s creation of two-tier citizenship, with different rights for Canadian-born, naturalized or dual citizens. A Canadian is a Canadian, and every Canadian should be entitled to equal treatment from the Canadian government. That’s why an NDP government will repeal Stephen Harper’s harmful, unconstitutional changes to citizenship laws. Stephen Harper has chosen to adopt a divisive approach for the sake of his own partisan gain. You can count on New Democrats to defend the rights of all Canadians and to work together to build a better future for all of us. More details on our plan can be found by visiting: http://www.ndp.ca/platform Best regards, Tom Mulcair Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada

2 years ago
Pass A Federal Act to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women in Canada

Thank you for your letter regarding violence against women. I believe one of the most urgent priorities of any government should be to put an end to the violence experienced by women, and disproportionately by too many Indigenous women and girls. An NDP government will initiate an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women within the first 100 days of taking office. We will also work with women’s groups and Indigenous families, communities and organizations to establish a comprehensive National Action Plan to end violence against women and girls, with dedicated funding and benchmarks. The plan would encompass a number of factors, including: education and training on human rights and gender-based violence, prevention initiatives, and intensive work with perpetrators. It would provide support for research, tools to address new and emerging forms of violence such as cyberbullying, specific programming for communities with particular needs and national public education campaigns on violence against women and girls. We also recognize that there are barriers to women who seek to flee domestic violence. With nowhere to go, and little alternative, many women and their children are forced to stay in a violent situation or face homelessness. We have pledged to support women and their children fleeing violence by restoring the Shelter Enhancement Program with $40 million in funding over four years. We hope to ensure that no woman in need is turned away from a shelter. Based on the previous performance of this program, this funding could create or renovate more than 2,100 spaces in first-stage shelters and nearly 350 spaces in transition houses across Canada. When we form government, we will remove the punitive 2% cap, imposed by the Liberals and maintained by the Conservatives, on funds for First Nations social services. We’ll work to close the funding gap that sees First Nations receive less funding than other Canadians for vital services. An NDP government will pass An Act to Ensure Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing for Canadians. This Act would legally require the Minister responsible for housing to sit down with the provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous governments, housing providers, and civil society organizations to create a multi-year strategy to address housing and homelessness. The strategy would address both the needs of local communities and of particular populations, including Indigenous peoples, persons living with disabilities and women fleeing violence. In support of this strategy, we will invest over $2.7 billion over 4 years for affordable housing and homelessness programs in Canada. This is a complex problem, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t find solutions. Rather than continuing to ignore the disproportionate violence faced by women, as previous governments have done, I am committed to ensuring that as your Prime Minister I will make ending violence against women a personal priority. Sincerely, Tom Mulcair Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada

2 years ago
Re-Open Kitsilano Coast Guard Base

The Canadian Coast Guard has long been a symbol of service and safety for Canadians. Its services have a direct and important impact on the lives of Canadians by helping to ensure their safety and keeping our Canadian waterways protected. When 2,700 litres of bunker fuel spilled from the MV Marathassa and quickly spread through the region, depositing oil on the shores of English Bay, Stanley Park, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Burrard Inlet, and fouling wildlife, it became clear just how important it is to have a well-functioning Coast Guard service. The Conservative government shuttered the Kitsilano Coast Guard station in 2013 to save cash. Regrettably, this decision continues to have a negative impact as was shown in the case of the MV Marathassa — the Coast Guard was slow to respond to — and unequipped to contain — the recent toxic fuel spill in English Bay. Experts have warned that closing Coast Guard stations across Canada puts the public at risk. Response times increase and lives are threatened when the Coast Guard does not have the resources and stations they need to do their job properly. That’s why it was so disappointing when Conservative MPs from B.C. failed to stand up for the West Coast and support an NDP motion in the House of Commons to reopen the Kitsilano coast guard station in Vancouver. This is a dangerous precedent that Mr. Harper has set. But what we’ve learned is we don’t even have adequate response time for a moderately sized oil spill. British Columbian’s deserve better. A NDP government would take a first step to repair the damage that created by Stephen Harper and his Conservative government. We will: • Reopen the Kitsilano Coast Guard base; • Reopen the Marine Communications and Traffic Service Centre in Ucluelet; • Stop closures of these centres in other locations; and, • Provide adequate funding for search and rescue operations.   These services will be essential in any disaster near the Lower Mainland coastline. Canadians can count on an NDP Government to work with provinces and municipalities on disaster relief efforts to keep our communities safe. There is more than we can do to protect our communities and environment from disasters. The Conservative decision to cut the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP) and close the Emergency Preparedness College was short-sighted and will cost Canadians more in the long-term as first responders lack the training and equipment they need.   We’ve announced that an NDP Government will restore the $9 million annually in Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP) for provinces and territories to help communities invest in emergency plans, equipment, training and capacity building.   This is not about ideology anymore. This is about common sense. This is about protecting people, about protecting ecosystems, about protecting our communities. Things you can’t put a price on! Best regards, Tom Mulcair Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada

2 years ago
Open Canada to Syrian refugees!

Thank you for signing the petition to help Syrian refugees. An NDP government will move immediately to bring in 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015, and an additional 36,000 Syrian refugees over the next four years. In response to the worst humanitarian situation since the end of World War II, Canada has not done its fair share on the global stage. While millions of refugees are desperately searching for a safe haven, Canada has refused to throw open its doors, welcoming fewer than 2,500 Syrian refugees over the past two years. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants has said that Canada’s fair share would be 9,000 refugees a year. An NDP government will bring in 10,000 government assisted refugees this year, and then 9,000 government assisted refugees every year for the next four years. We will also encourage Canadians to contribute to the cause through private sponsorship by speeding up processing of private sponsorships, with no cap. We will also abide by the Federal Court’s decision and fully restore the Interim Federal Health Program to ensure that refugees have access to the healthcare they need once they arrive. You can count on New Democrats to act swiftly and compassionately in response to humanitarian crises. Let's continue to work together to help those in need. More details on our plan can be found by visiting: http://www.ndp.ca/news/ndp-lays-out-next-steps-to-help-syrian-refugees Sincerely, Tom Mulcair Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada

2 years ago
Don't let Canada Post end door to door delivery / Sauvons la livraison à domicile

Thank you for signing the petition to stop the elimination of home delivery of mail. An NDP Government will cancel Canada Post's controversial plan and reinstate home delivery in all communities already affected by the cuts announced in December 2013. For the past year and a half, Canada Post has been implementing a sweeping, five-year plan to end door-to-door mail delivery for 5.1 million Canadian households. When completed, Canada will become the ONLY G7 country without any home mail delivery. We think that is unacceptable, and for the past year and a half, the NDP been the only party consistently standing up for home delivery services for Canadians. Predictably, the loss of home delivery will have negative consequences for seniors and people living with disabilities. It also means a loss of up to 8,000 jobs. To make matters worse, the decision to install 100,000 super mailboxes in neighbourhoods is raising many concerns about traffic congestion, the privacy of homeowners, more garbage in public spaces and damage to trees and properties. Canadians are also concerned about safety issues such as poor street lighting and inadequate snow removal. Our fair and sensible plan to reinstate home delivery will modernize Canada Post to generate new revenues instead of cutting services. We will protect home delivery and Canadian taxpayers. You can count on New Democrats to push for workable solutions. Let's continue to work together to reverse the changes announced by Canada Post. Feel free to join our campaign to stop the cuts to our postal service by visiting: http://petition.ndp.ca/stop-the-cuts-to-our-postal-service All the best, Tom Mulcair Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada

2 years ago