Jagmeet Singh went to Germany to find out how to become Canada’s prime minister

OTTAWA—It’s a good thing the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh doesn’t get jet lag. Less than a day after returning from a weeklong visit to Germany, the NDP leader had already hopped on the phone to discuss his jam-packed trip, which saw Singh hold his first meeting with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, rub shoulders with a bevy of … Read more

Jagmeet Singh has matured into his role as the NDP’s leader — but will that be enough to make it a contender?

OTTAWA—Jagmeet Singh is posing for a selfie. again. During a late afternoon walk along the Ottawa River behind Parliament Hill, the NDP leader is approached by an exuberant passerby itching to snap a shot. Singh throws up a peace sign as the shimmering lining of one of his customary three-piece suits flashes bright blue in … Read more

How the NDP will handle Pierre Poilievre as Tory leader

HALIFAX — Should Pierre Poilievre emerge victorious from the Conservative leadership race this weekend — something that now feels all but certain — the New Democrats have a plan. They’re not going to wage a culture war against the longtime MP, who, just like NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, is a compelling communicator, plays a strong … Read more

Spending $95.21 on groceries for two weeks in Ontario

For two weeks, several New Democrat MPPs are putting their money where their mouth is to show how hard it is to live on social assistance. They’re pledging to spend no more than $95.21 on groceries until Sept. 19 to approximate the “paltry” food budgets available to thousands living on the Ontario Disability Support Program … Read more

Niagara Falls MPP joins list of those considering run for leadership of Ontario NDP

Interest in the leadership of Ontario’s New Democrats is growing in the wake of Andrea Horwath’s election night resignation. Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates, a former autoworker union local president in the border region, is mulling a bid for the job. “I’m certainly interested in exploring the options,” Gates said Thursday. “I’ve been a pretty … Read more

Ontario’s NDP says it will lower gasoline prices ‘right away and permanently.’ We asked experts if that’s possible

Soaring gas prices, now topping $2 per liter across much of Canada, have emerged as a central topic on the Ontario election campaign trail, with the three main parties pledging different plans for relief. While the Progressive Conservatives and the Liberals have promised to slash the provincial gas tax, the New Democrats are taking a … Read more

Ontario NDP to release platform, promise to hire 10,000 personal support workers

by staff The Canadian Press Posted April 25, 2022 6:06 am narrower font Descrease article font size †a Larger font Increase article font size a† TORONTO — Ontario’s New Democrats are unveiling their platform today, ahead of a looming election call, and one section is aimed at recruiting, retaining and supporting health-care workers. The Canadian … Read more

Ontario NDP promise $1.15B mental health program

The New Democrats are promising to create a universal mental health benefits program for all Ontarios if the party is elected June 2, the Star has learned. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who will unveil the ambitious $1.15 billion a year plan on Sunday, says OHIP would cover the cost of services that Ontario residents now … Read more

Brampton MPP faces rare challenge for NDP nomination

A former television weatherman serving as the New Democrat MPP for Brampton North is facing a rare fight for the right to run in this spring’s provincial election. Kevin Yarde is being challenged for the NDP nomination by immigration consultant Sandeep Singh, who has been involved in the party previously and ran unsuccessfully for Caledon … Read more

Jagmeet Singh says NDP will ‘get help to people’ through deal to support Trudeau government

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he would be willing to pull out of a new deal that props up the Liberal minority government for the next three years, but that he is confident his party can secure the social programs and other policies Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to implement in their … Read more