First elected MP for the riding of Churchill in 2008 and re-elected in 2011, Niki Ashton has been a strong voice for equality in Parliament.
Niki has spoken out on poverty throughout her political career and in her time as a student and teacher - calling for action to end the third-world conditions facing Northern and Aboriginal people. Niki is proud to represent a riding that fights to maintain Canadian jobs and control over our economy.
Niki is a strong voice for gender equality and human rights, including fighting for same-sex marriage and gender equality rights. She has been a leading voice in fighting against the destruction of the Canadian Wheat Board
Since first being elected in 2008, Niki has served as the NDP Post-Secondary and Youth critic and as Rural and Community Development critic. Niki was elected as the Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women in the 40th Parliament of Canada, and currently serves as the Status of Women Critic in Canada's Official Opposition.
Niki has been active in the NDP all her life. She has served as the Chair of the NDP Status of Women Committee and on the Provincial Executive in Manitoba. She has been on the NDP Federal Council since 2006. Niki believes that it is vital for the New Democratic Party to put forward a vision of new politics that seeks to bring Canadians together.
A former instructor with University College of the North, she has an MA in International Affairs (Carleton University) and a BA in Global Political Economy (University of Manitoba). She is completing her PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Art Mauro Centre at the University of Manitoba. She is fluent in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Greek, her mother-tongue, and has studied four others.
Niki lives with her partner Ryan Barker, in the city of Thompson, Manitoba, where she was born and raised.