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April 4th, 2017

IT’S TIME TO TAKE SERIOUS ACTION ON TAX HAVENS

Sign the petition here: http://anneminhthuquach.ndp.ca/the-fight-against-tax-havens

OTTAWA – Today, the NDP’s Quebec caucus is launching a campaign to take serious action on tax havens, a problem that increases inequality and hurts our economy. In 2016, the richest members of our society hid no less than $272 billion in tax havens. In the coming months, the NDP’s Quebec caucus will work with Canadians and experts from civil society to find concrete solutions to the injustice faced by workers and Canadian families.

March 9th, 2017

ANNE QUACH IS CALLING ON THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ACTION ON TAX FAIRNESS

OTTAWA — Today, NDP MPs used their opposition day to promote tax fairness in response to the shocking revelations about KPMG’s tax evasion strategies. MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry–Suroît) is fed up with Canada’s unfair tax system.

February 17th, 2017

NDP ASKS TRUDEAU FOR MORE TRANSPARENCEY ON YOUTH COUNCIL

OTTAWA – NDP MP and Youth critic Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry – Suroît) supports the Young New Democrat’s call for the Prime Minister to be more transparent about his Youth Council. The MP will table a request to the House of Commons asking for more information on the Council’s activities.

January 30th, 2017

ANNE MINH-THU QUACH STATEMENT ON THE TERROR ATTACK IN QUEBEC CITY

OTTAWA — Like all Quebeckers, Anne Minh-Thu Quach, the federal Member of Parliament for Salaberry—Suroit, was shocked by the violent, barbaric and gratuitous attack on the members of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City last night.

January 28th, 2017

Statement for the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, the Tet festival

"My best wishes for Canadians who celebrate the Lunar New Year!

The Tet is a time to gather around family and friends to celebrate the beginning of a new year. For the Vietnamese community, it is a particularly important festival because it symbolizes renewal and the beginning of spring.

January 25th, 2017

NEW DEMOCRATS CONDEMN TRUMP’S DECISION ON GLOBAL GAG RULE

OTTAWA - New Democrats are alarmed by US President Donald Trump’s decision to re-impose the Global Gag Rule, also known as the Mexico City policy, which will ban U.S. funding for international health organizations that counsel women on family planning options, including abortion.

November 10th, 2016

KATHRYN SPIRIT: VICTORY AFTER A FIVE-YEAR BATTLE

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November 10, 2016

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD — MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry–Suroît) appeared alongside the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, to announce that the Kathryn Spirit will be dismantled. The Minister stated that the federal government will provide funds to build a protective barrier around the derelict vessel in December and that work to dismantle the ship should begin as early as the spring of 2017.

September 20th, 2016

NDP CALLS FOR FEDERAL LEADERSHIP ON MIGRANT WORKERS

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield – Today in response to the report on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, NDP Employment Critic Niki Ashton (Churchill – Keewatinook Aski) is calling on the government to show leadership on the rights of migrant workers and all workers in Canada. New democrats provided a dissenting report included in the final report.

August 29th, 2016

KATHRYN SPIRIT: PRESSURE ON FEDS CONTINUES

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD - MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry-Suroît) received assurances from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Dominic Leblanc, that the preparation to dismantle the Kathryn Spirit shipwreck will begin this fall and his ministry is in charge of the project. Minister Leblanc has secured a first round of funding with the Treasury Board.

July 5th, 2016

STATEMENT ON THE POTENTIAL CANADA POST LOCKOUT

NDP Canada Post critic Karine Trudel and NDP Labour critic Sheri Beson made the following statement:

June 25th, 2016

THE KATHRYN SPIRIT THREATENS TO CAPSIZE - IMMEDIATE ACTION NECESSARY

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – Federal M.P. Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît) demands immediate action from the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada, in response to the news that the Kathryn Spirit is in such bad shape that it threatens to capsize in the Saint-Louis lake. There is a high risk of polluting the Saint-Lawrence river in the process. The assessment of the situation is quite clear : if the equipment stabilizing the wreck struggles to keep it upright on the grounds of decay, we are now out of time.

June 21st, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

"National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity to celebrate the rich history, accomplishments and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The indigenous communities across this vast land are a vital part of Canada’s past, present and future - and we wish them continued success.

May 11th, 2016

KATHRYN SPIRIT – 3 RCM JOIN NDP MP ANNE MINH-THU QUACH

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît) and three regional county municipalities along the wreck of the Kathryn Spirit (Beauharnois-Salaberry, Haut-Saint-Laurent, and Vaudreuil-Soulanges) want the working group’s upcoming recommendation to include a budget, a short-term timeline for the proposed solution(s), and they want the Coast Guard to release a list of hazardous materials and pollutants still onboard the wreck.

May 4th, 2016

NDP MOTION: LIBERALS REFUSE TO PROTECT OUR DAIRY PRODUCERS

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – Yesterday, the Liberal government voted against an NDP motion to protect our dairy producers. The Liberals are therefore breaking their election promises and commitments made at the beginning of their mandate to require all Canadian producers to respect cheese composition standards immediately.

April 20th, 2016

NDP MOTION: WE MUST PROTECT OUR DAIRY PRODUCERS

April 18th, 2016

LIBERALS BETRAY AEROSPACE WORKERS

OTTAWA — New Democrats are calling on the government to withdraw Bill C-10, which would make the layoff of 2,600 Air Canada and Aveos workers permanent. Bill C-10 would allow Air Canada to ship aircraft maintenance jobs out of the country – creating precarious working conditions in the aerospace industry.

March 18th, 2016

BUDGET 2016 : GOVERNMENT MUST TACKLE INEQUALITY

OTTAWA — In a letter to the Finance Minister ahead of the government’s first budget next week, the NDP is demanding that government tackle inequality, keep their promises and improve tax fairness for Canadians.

March 9th, 2016

KATHRYN SPIRIT: MP ANNE QUACH AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS ARE TAKING ACTION

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD — Community efforts to have the federal government seize the Kathryn Spirit are continuing with an e-petition tabled by a member of the public and sponsored by NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît). Ms. Quach has the support of several environmental groups.

March 8th, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

"When women are secure and thriving, so are their families, their communities and by extension all of Canada. The NDP remains committed to continuing the fight for gender equality. Today we stand with women around the world celebrating gains in women's equality, and pressing for further action.

February 4th, 2016

MP ANNE QUACH MEETS THE MINISTER IN CHARGE OF THE KATHRYN SPIRIT IN OTTAWA

OTTAWA — NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry-Suroît) met with the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Hunter Tootoo to provide him options that would assure the departure of the Kathryn Spirit from the shores of Beauharnois this coming spring.

February 3rd, 2016

ADOPTION OF NDP PAY EQUITY MOTION: A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO REDUCE INEQUALITIES

OTTAWA — The NDP’s pay equity motion that was adopted today will help lay the groundwork for tackling poverty across Canada and ending discrimination against women when it comes to equal pay for work of equal value, say New Democrats.

January 25th, 2016

KATHRYN SPIRIT: NDP WANTS CONTINUING MOBILIZATION

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD - The NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach continues to pressure the Liberal government. She asks that citizens send letters to ministers Garneau and Tootoo that ask them to act quickly so that that we may rid our region of the Kathryn Spirit. After years of efforts to try protect the shores of Lake St. Louis from the wreck, Ms. Quach says the issue requires immediate intervention from the federal government.

January 15th, 2016

KATHRYN SPIRIT: ANNE QUACH ASKS THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT TO ACT

BEAUHARNOIS — Today, NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry-Suroît) has asked the federal government to take its responsibilities in order to avoid an environmental incident.

July 23rd, 2015

THE NDP TO BE A STRONG FEDERAL PARTNER FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – New Democrat MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois–Salaberry) consulted members of the agricultural community to gather their views on the reforms implemented by the Conservatives. Their opinion was quite clear: the Harper government does not adequately support farmers.

April 23rd, 2015

The Federal Government Needs to Go Green

As we celebrate Earth Day, it’s disappointing to see that the Conservatives didn’t proposed anything to combat climate change in their 2015 budget, which was tabled in the House on April 21. Earth Day drives a whole year’s worth of efforts to change people’s lifestyles and society as a whole. Yet the Harper government continues to subsidize the fossil fuel industry, at a rate of more than $1 billion a year. This budget does nothing to promote renewable energy or energy efficiency. As a result, the federal government is standing still when it should be going green.

March 25th, 2015

NDP SCORES A VICTORY TO PROTECT LAKES AND RIVERS FROM MICROBEAD POLLUTION

OTTAWA – Yersterday, Anne Minh-Thu Quach, MP for Beauharnois-Salaberry, delivered a speech to support the NDP motion to add microbeads to the list of toxic substances managed by the government under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

March 24th, 2015

We don’t have to choose between security and our rights

Terrorism is a real threat and everyone agrees that public safety is a top priority for any government. But Canadians don’t have to choose between their security and their rights. Stephen Harper is proposing a false choice. Trying to protect our freedoms by sacrificing them makes no sense.

March 17th, 2015

Scrap income splitting – invest in a stronger middle class

In reaction to the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report today, New Democrats reiterated their call for canceling the Conservatives’ wasteful and ineffective income splitting scheme.

March 15th, 2015

Tom Mulcair presents his plan to build a better Toronto

Before a large and enthusiastic crowd of supporters this weekend, NDP Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair presented his plan to support middle-class families and economic growth in Canada’s major urban centres – like Toronto.

March 13th, 2015

Conservative failures stall economic recovery

With Statistics Canada reporting that unemployment is increasing and the economic recovery is grinding to a halt, the NDP is again urging the Conservatives to take immediate steps to boost quality job creation.

March 12th, 2015

The Conservatives aren’t doing enough for railway safety

The NDP is disappointed with the Transport Committee’s decision to throw out essential expert recommendations in its report on the review of the Canadian Transportation Safety Regime that was tabled in the House of Commons today.

March 11th, 2015

Canada should take a strong stance on gender equality at UN Commission on the Status of Women

NDP Status of Women Critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil--Papineau--Mirabel) is calling on the Government of Canada to take a strong stance on women's equality at the 59th Commission on the Status of Women, ongoing this March at the UN Headquarters in New York.

March 11th, 2015

Conservatives fail to invest millions meant for regional economic development and job creation

With the recent wave of job losses and the country’s uncertain economic outlook, the NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government left millions of dollars sitting in government coffers, rather than investing the money in job creation.

March 11th, 2015

Partisan funding cuts: the NDP calling for an inquiry

The NDP will be sending a letter to Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner today, urging her to launch an inquiry into allegations that funding for the Jean Bosco Centre in Maniwaki was withdrawn after the Conservatives were defeated in the riding at the last federal elections.

March 10th, 2015

Budget must make good jobs the first priority

With the CIBC reporting that job quality at its lowest level in 20 years, and that low-paying jobs are becoming the norm, the NDP’s opposition day motion calls on the Conservatives to make investing in good, middle class jobs the first priority of Budget 2015.

March 9th, 2015

Conservatives fail to spend millions meant for the West

The NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government has repeatedly failed to spend millions of dollars allocated for economic diversification. From 2010 to 2014, the Government left untouched $70 million for Western Economic Diversification.

March 9th, 2015

NDP presses Environment Committee to refocus its priorities

Canadians are demanding of their government an economy that is at once growing and sustainable. The NDP is therefore asking the Environment Committee to prioritize studies on the role of a protected and healthy environment within a growing economy.

March 9th, 2015

NDP MP celebrates protection for persons with disabilities

Today, NDP MP Mike Sullivan (York South—Weston) was proud to witness the coming into force of the spirit of Private Member’s Bill (C-541), that he first introduced in 2013. Thanks to his efforts, persons with mental or physical disabilities will now be protected from hate propaganda by the Criminal Code of Canada.

March 6th, 2015

Conservatives keep millions in their coffers instead of investing in Northern Ontario

With the recent wave of jobs losses in Northern Ontario and the province’s uncertain economic outlook the federal NDP is calling out the Conservatives in Ottawa for failing to invest millions of dollars approved for job creation in the region.

March 5th, 2015

Conservatives keep millions in their coffers instead of investing in Atlantic Canada

With the recent wave of job losses in Atlantic Canada and the country’s uncertain economic outlook, the NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government decided to leave millions of dollars intended for job creation in government coffers, rather than invest the money.

March 5th, 2015

Conservatives keep millions in their coffers instead of investing in Southern Ontario

With the recent wave of jobs losses in Southern Ontario and the province’s uncertain economic outlook, the NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government decided to leave millions of dollars intended for job creation in government coffers, rather than invest the money.

March 5th, 2015

Conservatives keep millions in their coffers instead of investing in Northern Canada

With the recent wave of job losses in Northern Canada and the country’s uncertain economic outlook, the NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government decided to leave millions of dollars intended for job creation in government coffers, rather than invest the money.

March 4th, 2015

Veterans with permanent injuries should not be subject to reviews

The recent decision by the Conservative government to change the requirement for disabled veterans to provide proof of their injuries every three years, instead of every year shows just how badly the Conservatives are failing veterans and their families.

March 4th, 2015

NDP promises to clean up Conservative mess at Canada Revenue Agency

Conservative mismanagement and reckless cuts to the Canada Revenue Agency have left taxpayers with inaccurate advice and inadequate service. New Democrats will work with small business organizations and consumer groups to enhance the system and develop a new culture of customer service ‎at the CRA.

March 3rd, 2015

Conservatives keep millions in their coffers instead of helping entrepreneurs in Quebec

With the recent wave of jobs losses in Quebec and the province’s uncertain economic outlook, the NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government decided to leave millions of dollars intended for job creation in government coffers, rather than invest the money.

March 2nd, 2015

The NDP will stand up for the CBC

The CBC/Radio Canada is at the heart of our identity as Canadians and an NDP government would protect its role as our national broadcaster.

March 1st, 2015

Tom Mulcair’s NDP will strengthen the mining industry

NDP leader Tom Mulcair outlined his plan to support Canada’s mining industry in a speech to the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

February 27th, 2015

NDP demands that Energy East documents be submitted in French

The NDP is once again urging Parliament to demand that TransCanada submit its documents for the Energy East project in both official languages.

February 27th, 2015

The NDP calls for the Supreme Court to intervene

The NDP has lost all faith in the Board of Internal Economy (BOIE) and has decided to turn to the Supreme Court of Canada to allow justice run its course and to finally put an end to the partisan attacks being waged by the Conservatives and Liberals.

February 25th, 2015

MULCAIR STANDS UP FOR CANADIAN FARMERS

Conservatives must take action to protect our beef exports

OTTAWA – In the wake of a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canadian beef, NDP leader Tom Mulcair is calling on the Conservatives to take swift action to protect Canadian farmers.

February 25th, 2015

NDP critical of Senate attempt to block transgender rights

On this Anti-bullying Day, the NDP is criticizing the unelected Senate for blocking Bill C-279 aimed at protecting the rights of transgender people, after it was legitimately adopted two years ago by elected members of all parties in the House of Commons.

February 20th, 2015

NDP standing up for rights and freedoms

Today NDP Public Safety Critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) tabled the following amendments in the House of Commons:

February 19th, 2015

NDP will protect the environment and grow the economy

House debates NDP bill to cut emissions and make polluters pay

NDP Urban Affairs critic Matthew Kellway (Beaches – East York) is urging all MPs to support his bill, The Climate Change Accountability Act, which sets out real action to reduce emissions and combat climate change.

February 18th, 2015

Protecting Canadians must include protecting freedoms

After a careful analysis of Bill C-51, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has announced that New Democrats will oppose it.

February 17th, 2015

NDP will protect interns

New Democrats are calling on all MPs to crack down on the abuse of unpaid internships and extend workplace standards and safety provisions to interns. NDP’s Intern Protection Act C-636 will have its first hour of debate in parliament tonight. “The Conservatives have presided over a youth jobs crisis which has forced so many young people to work for free with the hope of finding opportunities in the future,” said NDP MP Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles) who introduced the bill. “Parliament must adopt our bill to end the abuse of unpaid internships and ensure that interns are protected under the Canada Labour Code.” The Intern Protection Act grants basic protections to all interns in federally regulated industries, such as the right to refuse dangerous work, limits on excessive hours and protection from sexual harassment. The bill would also ensure that internships are used primarily for the benefit of the intern, include training, and would not replace paid employees.

February 17th, 2015

Conservatives accused of breaking the law to hide the full cost of war in Iraq

Today the Parliamentary Budget Office released estimates that the incremental cost of the Iraq war could be higher than a quarter a billion dollars in one year, noting that the complete cost of the mission could be six times higher.

February 17th, 2015

Conservatives accused of breaking the law to hide the full cost of war in Iraq

Today the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) released estimates that the incremental cost of the Iraq war could be higher than a quarter of a billion dollars in one year, noting that the complete cost of the mission could be six times higher.

February 16th, 2015

Conservatives vote against tax break for small business and jobs for the middle class

NDP Industry critic Peggy Nash (Parkdale–High Park) made the following statement on the defeat of her motion:

February 13th, 2015

Harper government needs to reassure consumers and beef exporters

The discovery of a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an Alberta beef herd means the Conservative government must take swift action to maintain food safety and consumer confidence. Mad cow disease once devastated Canadian agriculture, causing billions of dollars in financial losses to beef and cattle producers.

February 12th, 2015

Conservatives need to prevent tax fraud

The Conservative government needs to step up tax laws and enforcement without delay in response to a tax evasion scheme involving HSBC, in order to stop companies from helping Canadians commit tax evasion.

February 11th, 2015

THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO KEEP THE MONT-MÉGANTIC OBSERVATORY OPEN

OTTAWA ––The Mont-Mégantic Observatory is set to close down because of the Conservative’s budget cuts. The NDP is urging the federal government to keep this one-of-a-kind research centre up and running, as it is essential to the scientific community.

February 11th, 2015

My speech about S-219

I rose in the House of Commons on Thursday, February 5 to talk about this bill. My opinion is that this bill should continue the legislative process and studied by a committee ofthe House of Commons. And contrary to what happened in the Senate, the testimonies must come from the entire Vietnamese-Canadian community, whether they are for or against S-219.

February 10th, 2015

Mulcair urges Harper to help free Fahmy

NDP leader Tom Mulcair has written a second letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to personally intervene to help secure the release of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who has been imprisoned in Egypt for over a year.

February 10th, 2015

Conservatives adopt NDP plan on drug shortages

After years of defending the broken system of voluntary reporting, the Conservatives have finally adopted the NDP proposal to require mandatory reporting of drug shortages. The new plan is a victory for doctors and patients, who have been complaining for years that the voluntary system was not working.

February 5th, 2015

Make the economy work for the middle class

NDP plan to boost jobs in manufacturing and small businesses

The NDP is putting forward an opposition day motion calling on the Conservatives to take immediate action to stimulate job creation and support the middle class.

January 30th, 2015

Supreme Court ruling a victory for workers

The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that a Saskatchewan law preventing public sector employees from striking is unconstitutional is a victory for all workers.

January 27th, 2015

Tom Mulcair proposes concrete measures to help the middle class

“Manufacturing, Innovation and Lower Small Business Taxes Will Create Good Jobs and New Opportunities for the Middle Class.”

January 27th, 2015

Statement by the NDP official opposition on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

NDP leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day:

“Today we mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

January 26th, 2015

The NDP calls for a public inquiry into the Lac-Mégantic tragedy

NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard—La Prairie) has requested that the Conservatives launch a public inquiry into the Lac-Mégantic tragedy.

January 26th, 2015

Middle class Canadians deserve economic leadership

NDP's first opposition day motion of the year calls on the government to immediately present an Economic and Fiscal Update to parliament and prepare a budget that addresses middle class challenges.

January 23rd, 2015

Conservatives make major cut to disaster relief for provinces

Last week, the Conservatives quietly revealed a change that will massively cut funding to provinces and communities that are hit by disasters.

January 22nd, 2015

Tom Mulcair and NDP MPs attending vigils for Raïf Badawi

NDP MPs to attend today’s ceremonies in Montreal and tomorrow’s events in Sherbrooke

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and several New Democrat MPs are set to take part in a vigil in Montreal today calling for Raïf Badawi’s release. The NDP will also be present at Friday’s event in Sherbrooke.

January 22nd, 2015

NDP to restore CBC funding

If elected to government, the NDP would cancel the Conservatives’ $115 million cut to CBC/Radio-Canada.

January 21st, 2015

Conservative failures causing more trouble for Canadian economy

While the Bank of Canada cut interest rates amidst grave warnings about the health of our economy, the Conservatives still have no plan to fix Canada’s bleak economic outlook and get Canadians back to work.

January 18th, 2015

Budget 2015 must give middle class families a break

VANCOUVER—New Democrats are demanding that the Conservatives use the upcoming budget to change direction and start building an economy that works for Canadians.

January 13th, 2015

The Conservatives still don’t get that judges should be bilingual

NDP Official Languages critic Yvon Godin (Acadie–Bathurst) is befuddled by the appointment of a unilingual Anglophone to the position of Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada.

January 12th, 2015

Conservative auto sector promises are too little too late

Government loan for Linamar today comes after the Conservatives oversaw the loss of more than 50,000 auto sector jobs.

January 9th, 2015

More job losses under the Conservatives

New figures from Statistics Canada show the Conservatives’ unbalanced economic approach continues to hit Canadian families hard.

January 9th, 2015

More job losses under the Conservatives

New figures from Statistics Canada show the Conservatives’ unbalanced economic approach continues to hit Canadian families hard.

January 5th, 2015

NDP to new Veterans Affairs Minister: time to change direction

NDP offers list of priorities that need new minister’s urgent attention – including the immediate reopening of veteran’s offices

December 19th, 2014

The big blue propaganda machine

The NDP is denouncing the Conservatives for their use of tax payer money to finance a propaganda machine and mislead Canadians.

December 12th, 2014

MP ANNE QUACH INTRODUCES BILL TO PROMOTE OPTIMIST MOVEMENT

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December 12, 2014

MP ANNE QUACH INTRODUCES BILL TO PROMOTE OPTIMIST MOVEMENT

OTTAWA — Yesterday in the House of Commons, NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois–Salaberry) introduced a bill to raise public awareness about the Optimist movement.

December 10th, 2014

Conservatives reject bill that could have saved the lives of pedestrians and cyclists

In voting against Bill C-603, the Conservative government has thrown out a simple measure that could have gone a long way to bolstering the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in Canada, and save lives.

December 9th, 2014

Conservative government silent on social contract with veterans

Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) blasted Minister Fantino today for remaining silent on whether the federal government has a social contract or social covenant with veterans and members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

December 5th, 2014

Job growth staggers under Conservative policies

Job growth in recent months came to a sudden halt in November, as Statistics Canada reported the loss of 10,700 jobs today.

December 4th, 2014

Trudeau stands with Harper, votes against a fairer voting system for Canada

For anyone who wants fairer elections, it was disappointing to see Justin Trudeau continue to stand with Stephen Harper and oppose electoral reform – even while 16 members of his caucus defied his leadership and voted in favour of the NDP’s proposal to change Canada’s voting system.

December 3rd, 2014

Another 5,000 farms disappear under Conservatives

New numbers from Statistics Canada reveal that the number of farms in Canada continues to decline.

December 3rd, 2014

The NDP is urging Elections Canada to open an inquiry into Conservative Party financing

In light of a troubling CTV report, the NDP has asked Elections Canada to open an inquiry into allegations that SNC-Lavalin used nominees to finance the Conservative Party of Canada.

December 3rd, 2014

The Conservatives say no to a fair elections system

Today Conservatives said no to a fair elections system.

“The NDP put forward a simple motion asking all parties to commit to replacing Canada’s unfair electoral system with a system of mixed-member proportional representation following the next election. I was disappointed to see the Conservatives and even some Liberals vote against the initiative,” said NDP Democratic Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto – Danforth).

December 2nd, 2014

The NDP wants to implement a mixed proportional system

The NDP will use its time in the House of Commons Wednesday to turn the government’s attention to the need to implement a mixed proportional electoral system, in order to ensure that 2015 will be the last in the era of unfair elections.

December 1st, 2014

NDP asks the Conservatives to boost aid to Syrian refugees facing food crisis

New Democrats are calling on the Canadian government to urgently increase humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, as a funding crisis today forced the United Nations World Food Programme to suspend a food voucher program serving over 1.7 million refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

December 1st, 2014

Victory for Thalidomide victims

Following a five-decade battle for recognition and support, Thalidomide victims will finally get the support they need, after all parties rallied behind the NDP’s motion last week to compensate them.

December 1st, 2014

NDP urges government to reject Cacouna oil port project

In response to the beluga whale’s new status as an endangered species, the NDP is upping the pressure on the Conservative government to reject the oil port in Cacouna.

November 27th, 2014

New Democrats pleased with government support of our Opposition Day motion for Thalidomide victims

The NDP welcomes the confirmation that the Conservative government intends to support our Opposition Day motion to compensate Canadian Thalidomide survivors, who have been fighting to get the care they need for more than five decades.

November 26th, 2014

Mulcair proposes new measure to ban food advertising directed toward children

To tackle growing child obesity rates, an NDP government will ban food advertising directed towards children across Canada.

November 25th, 2014

Parliament will debate compensation for thalidomide survivors

Parliament will debate an NDP Opposition Day motion this Thursday calling for compensation for thalidomide survivors.

November 24th, 2014

No child should live in poverty

Twenty-five years after the unanimous adoption of former NDP leader Ed Broadbent’s motion to end child poverty the NDP is tabling a motion urging MPs to recommit to that goal.

November 24th, 2014

Conservatives refuse to support NDP motion to eliminate child poverty

The Conservatives have refused to support an NDP motion urging MPs to recommit to eliminating child poverty.

November 23rd, 2014

NDP urges compensation for Thalidomide survivors

The NDP is urging the government to provide fair compensation to survivors of the Thalidomide tragedy – victims who have struggled for decades with the tragic consequences of using this drug, which had been approved by the Canadian government as a safe drug for use by pregnant women to deal with morning sickness.

November 21st, 2014

The government must protect citizens from TransCanada’s misinformation on the Energy East pipeline

According to the NDP, TransCanada’s strategy on Energy East, which was recently leaked to the Greenpeace environmental group, shows the company is willing to go to any lengths—including spreading misinformation and manipulating public opinion—to get this pipeline up and running.

November 19th, 2014

National Midwife Day gets unanimous support in Parliament

Today, NDP MP Rosane Doré Lefebvre’s (Alfred-Pellan) Private Member’s Bill, An Act Respecting a National Day of the Midwife (C-608), received all-party support at its 2nd reading vote in the House of Commons.

November 18th, 2014

Shameful backlog of cases at Social Security Tribunal

Today, Social Security Tribunal Chairperson Murielle Brazeau confirmed that a significant backlog of cases was apparent from the day the Tribunal opened; that she was first in touch with Minister Kenney about insufficient staffing at the Tribunal over a year ago; that there are no performance measures or standards currently in place at the Tribunal, and that it is currently not possible to estimate when the backlog – now at more than 14, 677 cases – can be cleared.

November 18th, 2014

NDP MP continues fight to eliminate child poverty

With one in five Canadian children now living poverty, the time to act on this crisis is long overdue. Yesterday in the House of Commons, NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s (Scarborough—Rouge River) private member’s motion M-534 on eliminating child poverty was up for its first hour of debate. While the status of support for this motion remains unclear, the pressing need for urgent action remains constant.

November 13th, 2014

Conservatives failing Syrian refugees

The inadequate global response to Syrian refugee crisis is placing innocent lives at risk, according to a new report which reveals neighbouring countries are completely overwhelmed by refugees fleeing ISIL and Syria’s civil war. The NDP is calling on the government to do more to help Syrian refugees immediately.

November 12th, 2014

No more excuses for Conservative climate change inaction

While the American and Chinese governments have announced a bold plan to slash carbon emissions, Stephen Harper’s failure to tackle climate change means that Canada is once again lagging behind global action on the climate crisis.

November 12th, 2014

Budget surplus is the result of Conservatives’ cuts

The NDP will fight the ill-advised approach of the conservatives who chose to gut the fiscal capacity of the government to help people and to create and maintain good jobs in Canada.

November 6th, 2014

NDP unveils agenda for prosperous, fair and sustainable cities

After two-and-a-half years of consulting Canadians, NDP Urban Affairs critic Matthew Kellway (Beaches – East York) and NDP Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) are introducing the NDP’s agenda for Canadian cities.

November 5th, 2014

Remembrance Day: a National Holiday

NDP MP secures support to make Remembrance Day a National Holiday

In the lead up to Remembrance Day, NDP MP Dan Harris (Scarborough Southwest) celebrates the near unanimous vote of his Private Member’s Bill C-597: An Act to Make Remembrance Day a National Statutory Holiday.

November 4th, 2014

Food Banks

Record numbers relying on food banks under Conservatives

Shocking new numbers on Food Bank use shows the real price Canadians are paying for Conservative economic mismanagement and their failure to act on issues like childcare and affordable housing.

October 22nd, 2014

Shooting at Parliament Hill and War Memorial

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

August 5th, 2014

Mulcair urges Harper to help bring injured children from Gaza to Canada

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August 5, 2014

OTTAWA – Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair wrote to Prime Minister Harper today, urging him to support a growing movement to bring injured children from Gaza to Canada for treatment.

June 24th, 2014

SUMMARY OF HOUSE SESSION: ANNE QUACH AND NDP GETTING RESULTS FOR QUEBEC

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – New Democrat MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois--Salaberry) is proud of the work that the NDP has accomplished during the recent Parliamentary session. She points to several victories over the government on important issues, such as fighting for railway safety and getting the government to back down on electoral reforms.

June 18th, 2014

NDP WANTS TO CRACK DOWN ON AGRESSIVE TAX AVOIDANCE

OTTAWA – NDP National Revenue critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) has tabled legislation in the House of Commons to enable the government and the courts to more effectively identify, pursue and convict tax cheats.

April 24th, 2014

NDP LAUNCHING A CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE CBC

MONTRÉAL – Today, New Democrats are launching a campaign to pressure Conservatives to ensure the long-term survival of the CBC.

March 21st, 2014

Conservatives targeting Elections Canada

It comes as no surprise that the Conservatives have unilaterally decided to target Elections Canada to “strengthen” democracy. During every election in which Stephen Harper has run as a candidate, the Conservative Party has had serious disputes with Elections Canada over violations of the Elections Act.

March 17th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: SECOND READING FOR PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL C-539

Eat local; support the fruits of our local economy

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois-Salaberry) is proud to announce that her Private Member`s Bill C-539, which aims to promote the purchase of locally produced food, will receive Second Reading in the House of Commons by the end of March.

March 10th, 2014

Anne Minh -Thu Quach acknowledges the International Women's Day

SALABERRY -DE- VALLEYFIELD - NDP MP Anne Minh -Thu Quach (Beauharnois- Salaberry) acknowledges International Women's Day which takes place on March 8th each year, with the theme "Equality for women is progress for all".

March 5th, 2014

It’s time for action to reduce food waste

OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier – Maskinongé) tabled a motion in the House of Commons to make reducing food waste a top priority.

February 28th, 2014

NDP DEFENDS CANADIANS’ RIGHT TO VOTE

OTTAWA – The NDP will continue to fight tooth and nail to get the Conservatives to agree to hold public hearings across the country regarding their electoral reform bill, which proposes drastic changes to our democracy.

February 27th, 2014

Bilingualism must be essential condition for appointment of Supreme Court judges

OTTAWA – Concerned with ensuring respect for official languages and their equality of status within the judicial system, New Democrats are continuing their efforts to make bilingualism an essential condition for the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court of Canada.

February 12th, 2014

Budget 2014

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SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – Conservatives are once again putting their own interests first in their latest budget. They have delayed implementing real help for families until 2015 -- when it serves their political ends best -- and are bullying provinces into accepting their views, in particular concerning skills training.

January 22nd, 2014

NDP condemns layoffs at Bombardier

MONTREAL – New Democrats condemn major layoffs at Bombardier Aerospace and offer their support to the 1,700 employees who lost their jobs today.

June 20th, 2013

Defending the Interests of the Region Against the Backdrop of Senate Scandals: Anne Quach

MP Anne Quach continues to defend the interests of the regions while the PMO is under investigation by the RCMP

June 18th, 2013

Anne Quach Wants to Promote Local Agriculture

Eating locally means growing our economy

OTTAWA — In order to back local foods and support our family farms, New Democrat MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois–Salaberry) has introduced today in the House of Commons a bill to promote buying foods locally.

June 6th, 2013

Anne Minh-Thu Quach Calls for Better Habitat and Species-At-Risk Protections

Environmental group Ambioterra appears before House of Commons Environment Committee

OTTAWA — “The federal government should stop weakening our environmental laws and take action to protect habitat,” said NDP Deputy Environment Critic Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois–Salaberry) at today’s House of Commons Environment Committee meeting.

June 5th, 2013

NDP Continues Action to Protect Waterways From Conservative Attacks

OTTAWA – Although the Conservatives have decided that our country’s bodies of water are not worth protecting, New Democrats are continuing a campaign to restore environmental protection to all of Canada’s lakes and rivers.

April 22nd, 2013

NDP Takes Action to Protect Waterways from Conservative Attacks

OTTAWA – In a move designed to urge the Conservatives to reverse reckless changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, the NDP has launched a campaign to restore protection to all of Canada’s lakes and rivers, starting with the Canadian Heritage Rivers, by introducing ten private member’s bills.

January 31st, 2013

EI Reform Will Weaken Family Farms: Anne Minh-Thu Quach

OTTAWA – The employment insurance reform imposed on seasonal workers will further weaken family farms in the region, said New Democrat MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois‒Salaberry) this afternoon in the House of Commons.

January 16th, 2013

New Study Reveals Worrying Toxin Levels in Lakes Near Oil Sands

OTTAWA – New research from some of Canada’s top scientists indicates that not only are toxin levels in bodies of water surrounding the oil sands higher now than before mining started, they are now approaching warning levels.

November 13th, 2012

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June 6th, 2012

New Democrats Release Report On C-38 Public Hearings

OTTAWA – After numerous public consultations, New Democrats are tabling a final report that highlights concerned Canadians speaking out against the Conservative Trojan Horse budget.

June 5th, 2012

Conservatives Must Reverse Decision On Experimental Lakes: NDP

Research program an essential tool for protection of our fish and water

OTTAWA – The NDP is urging the Conservative government to reverse its decision to abolish the Experimental Lakes Program at the Freshwater Institute, a vital program for the maintenance of our freshwater ecosystems and healthy fisheries.

March 30th, 2012

Cuts To National Council Of Welfare Will Hurt Low-Income Canadians

Eliminating council means elimination of statistics on poverty

OTTAWA – The NDP is deeply saddened that funding for the National Council of Welfare has been eliminated in the federal budget, tabled yesterday. The government advisory body, the premier resource for information on poverty in Canada, saw all of its grants pulled as a result of cuts inflicted by the Conservative government to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

March 28th, 2012

Conservatives Ignored Drug Shortage Warnings: NDP

With hospitals now facing critical shortages, NDP asks why government did not act

OTTAWA – A string of documents show the Conservative government received a slew of warnings of a looming nation-wide drug shortage but repeatedly dismissed expert advice.

March 14th, 2012

NDP calls for plan to avoid drug shortages

NDP urges Conservatives to take action to protect patients and prevent future crises

March 1st, 2012

Quebecers Can Trust New Democrats To Clean Up Ottawa

Conservative election cheating, Liberal dirty tricks. It’s no wonder Canadians think Ottawa is broken

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD — As the old parties continue using dirty tricks to get what they want, the NDP is the only party taking concrete action to help families, said New Democrat MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois-Salaberry) in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon.

January 18th, 2012

Stephen Harper Must Come Back To The Bargaining Table: NDP

New federal healthcare funding formula needs to be negotiated with provinces in good faith

January 16th, 2012

Harper Fails To Show Leadership On Health Care

Conservatives should act now, honour 2004 Health Accord commitments: NDP

January 13th, 2012

Harper Is Threatening The Sustainability Of Healthcare In Canada: NDP

OTTAWA – Today New Democrats blasted Stephen Harper’s plan to unilaterally cut federal health transfers and call on the Conservative government to instead work with the provinces to come up with a sustainable solution.

December 21st, 2011

Conservatives Must Not Gamble Away Our Healthcare: Quach

OTTAWA – New Democrat Deputy Critic for Health Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois-Salaberry) slammed the Conservatives for breaking their healthcare funding promise yesterday.

December 7th, 2011

Bungled Trade Deal Will Hurt Health Care System

NDP motion demands study of real impact of botched trade negotiations on health care costs

November 30th, 2011

Mp Anne Minh-Thu Quach Marks World Aids Day

VALLEYFIELD — As World Aids Day approaches, New Democrat MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois--Salaberry) wishes to mark 30 years of efforts on behalf of all those involved, researchers and donors devoted to the cause, as well as the courage of those suffering from this disease.

November 28th, 2011

Canada-Eu Agreement: Anne Minh-Thu Quach Concerned About Cost Of Medication

OTTAWA — As negotiations proceed on the free trade agreement with the European Union, the Health Minister must intervene to ensure Canadians won’t have to pay more for medications, according to Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Health, Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois–Salaberry).

November 23rd, 2011

HEALTH CANADA MUST PULL UP ITS SOCKS: Safety issues for prescription drugs take up to 2 years to be released to the public

OTTAWA — The NDP’s deputy health critic Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois-Salaberry) blasts Health Canada for its lax policies and practices when identifying and communicating potential risks associated to prescription drugs, as emphasized in the auditor general’s report.

November 3rd, 2011

Anti-Crime Bill Should Focus On Prevention

VALLEYFIELD – According to New Democrat MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois–Salaberry), the Conservatives’ decision to pass a bill full of repressive measures, doomed to failure, shows a lack of judgement, when foreign governments, like in Texas and Australia, are moving away from these types of measures and focussing instead on prevention and reintegration.

August 12th, 2011

Anne Minh-Thu Quach supports the Lac Saint-François National Wildlife Area and condemns Environment Canada cuts

July 14th, 2011

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – Anne Minh-Thu Quach, the NDP MP for Beauharnois–Salaberry, visited one of the province’s most beautiful wildlife reserves, the Lac Saint-François National Wildlife Area, which provides a habitat for rare and threatened species.